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Opening Day of Turkey and Trout Season

April marks opening day of what we like to call Shotem and Caughtem Season.  As spring arrives and temperatures begin to warm the time arrives for us to put our cold weather clothes in storage and break out the camo and tackle boxes.  This time is one of our favorites.  The cool mornings allow us the comfort of sleeping a bit later and still hitting the good morning bite and with some good scouting knowing where the turkey roost allow us to know the best place to sit for turkeys.  As such we thought we would scour the world wide web for some good early spring articles and offer our thoughts on the matter. 

Turkey Call and Strut Video

Spring Fishing Tips

Spring Weather Severe Storms Make great Scouting and Fishing

A good thunderstorm can be used as a great decoy or excuse to get things in the animal world moving.  Big Toms will usually call back to thunder and can be used to help track roosting spots on your hunting land.  However, they will only gobble a couple of times and will then move to cover.  Hunters participating in West Virginia's spring gobbler survey have provided weather information to biologists for 18 years, and it is evident that the best spring gobbling occurs during clear days with little wind and no precipitation.  Conversely, periods of reduced gobbling activity coincide with cloudy skies, rain and windy conditions.  Research elsewhere on the relationship between gobbling and weather has shown that precipitation and high wind occurring as much as 12 hours prior to the time of gobbling will result in decreased gobbling.  One Alabama study showed that days with dew on the ground were good gobbling days, and that barometric pressure had little impact on gobbling although it is a part of the reason for changes in weather patterns.

The relationship between gobbling and temperatures is not as definitive.  One research study indicated increased gobbling occurred with higher temperatures, and another did not show any relationship between temperature and gobbling.

Many fisherman will always brag about the bite being best right before a thunderstorm.  Severe spring weather can be a great way to catch some big fish and track turkey on your property.  Just remember to be safe when out during times like these.  Lightning can be unforgiving and getting stranded in open water during heavy thunderstorms can not only be cringe worthy but unsafe as well.

Caught in Severe Weather while Boating

Spring storms can come out of nowhere it seems sometimes.  Should you be caught in one of these situations here are some rules of thumb.

  1. If possible, head for the nearest shore that is safe to approach. If already caught in a storm, it may be best to ride it out in open water rather than try to approach the shore in heavy wind and waves.
  2. Head the bow into the waves at a 45-degree angle. PWCs should head directly into the waves.
  3. Keep a sharp lookout for other vessels, debris, shoals, or stumps.
  4. If the engine stops, drop a "sea anchor" on a line off the bow to keep the bow headed into the wind and reduce drifting while you ride out the storm. In an emergency, a bucket will work as a sea anchor. Without power, a powerboat usually will turn its stern to the waves and could be swamped more easily.
  5. If the sea anchor is not sufficient, anchor using your conventional anchor to prevent your boat from drifting into dangerous areas.  

 

Friday, 06 December 2013 23:44

Opening Day Of Rifle Season

Opening Day of Rifle hunting season was a mixed bag as always.  As many fail to realize too many times who have never gone hunting or fishing, they do not call it shooting and catching.  We got a look at a proud eight point buck but never got a clear shot.  We did have the opportunity at a small seven and a six.  However, when they began to spur with one another at eighty yards the sight was just too precious to ruin.

What an amazing animal.  The two walked in out of the trees on an absolutely freezing cold afternoon to grab a snack from the still green grass hidden amongst the trees.  They were the only two animals we had seen all day.  As they strolled into the field they acted like the best of friends.  Looking out for one another as one another leaned down to eat.  Then way off in the distance a doe appeared.  By the marking on the sides of the two bucks you could tell the rut had apparently come and gone but they were still fairly fresh.  We felt the pair would continue to eat.  However, her interest in the two men must have spurred a little extra energy.  They began to lock horns.  Though the fight was short and lack a lot of aggression, it was our first opportunity to witness in person a fight between men.  It was magnificent.  We can say that sitting in the cold for over eight hours just to witness this stand between men was totally worth it.  

The night before with friends is always the highlight.  The day and a half spent listening to nothing but the sounds of the forest refreshing.  The chance to unplug from the world if only for a short time relaxing.  And though we did not put much meat in the freezer, we would not have traded the freezing cold experience and lack of meat.

It is why we built Shotem and Caughtem.  Our friendships, family and lives are better because of these two loves.  A since of peace and appreciation for what we have in our lives is what we return with every time.  The fact that we might add a little meat to the freezer is just a bonus.  Have a great Shotem and Caughtem weekend and we hope though the weather might be frosty you get outdoors!